14Think Like Hollywood

Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideasinto the world today…. Stories are the creative conversion oflife itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience.They are the currency of human contact.

ROBERT MCKEE

When my agent got a nibble from CBS to turn my first novel into a movie, I immediately started researching tips on writing screenplays. To my surprise, I discovered that the typical two-hour movie was captured in an average 100- to 110-page script. How could that be? There I was slaving over business books that required manuscripts of 250-300 pages when a two-hour movie required only 110 pages! I called Mitch, my literary agent at the time, to verify appropriate script length.

“Only 110 pages ...

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